It’s New Year’s Eve, and what better time to try your hand at making delicious crab legs for dinner tonight? This recipe for Lime Chipotle-Roasted Alaska Snow Crab is a distinctly delicious take on traditional crab legs, sure to impress family members and friends alike!

Lime Chipotle-Roasted Alaska Snow Crab

Ingredients

Lime Chipotle Vinaigrette:

1 cup rice wine vinegar or white vinegar
Zest and juice from 5 limes (1/2 cup fresh lime juice)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon cumin
1/2 cup honey or agave nectar
1-1/2 Tablespoons chipotle puree*
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2-1/2 cups canola or olive oil

4 pounds Alaska Snow Crab clusters, frozen
1 cup (packed) chopped cilantro

Preparation

Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and slowly drizzle in oil.

Crab: Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Snow Crab under cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Marinate crab in vinaigrette and chopped cilantro for 15 to 20 minutes, to allow flavor into shells.

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place crab on sheet tray and roast for 10 minutes, turning and basting every 4 minutes or so. Serve with Chipotle Corn Puree or Cauliflower Puree and grilled/roasted vegetables. Skip the butter!

*Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.

Serves 4.

Recipe by Alaska Chef Erik Slater: “Vinaigrettes are not just for salads, and there’s way more to crab than just putting a bib on and dipping some boiled legs into melted butter. Roasting crab brings out flavors from the shell that you just can’t get from the steamer or a pot of water. There is a ton of flavor in those crustaceous shells! This dish brings the deep tones of roasted Alaska Snow crab with a smoky tease of Latin America. Win-win, I say…”

*Recipe and image courtesy of Wild Alaska Seafood Company.*

Credit card bills, short days, plummeting temperatures and maybe even a few extra pounds from all those holiday celebrations and libations. According to a recent article on psychcentral.com, “studies show as many as 25 percent of Americans suffer from low-grade to full-blown depression after the holidays.”[1]. And then there is Blue Monday – the third Monday in January, believed to be the most depressing day of the year.

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The fact is: the sun is out a bit longer each day and people are starting to think about spring, warm weather and bathing suit season. January is the month to actually take advantage and get ready for a new year.

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It’s also “National Staying Healthy Month,” so here are five simple things everyone can do to feel healthier and spring into 2016:

1. Walk, don’t run.

2. Baby steps – take the stairs.

3. Eat fruit – consider freeze-dried fruit snacks when fresh fruit is not available.

4. Stay hydrated – water is best, but try some of the new natural beverages.

5. Sit less – pace, stand, get a walking desk. Just don’t sit.

*Article and image courtesy of Crispy Green. Exercising image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net  and nenetus.*

This New Year’s Eve, serve this crowd-pleaser – Delightfully Light Deviled Eggs! Overdoing treats and desserts around the holidays isn’t healthy, but nutritionists know their clients are human, and that everyone wants to celebrate the season which revolves around food. Thankfully, by incorporating healthy probiotics (or “good bacteria”) into your regular diet can help manage bloating, alleviate chronic gas, and support digestive health. Even when New Year’s Eve celebrations, holiday parties and family meals may put your stomach into overtime!

While the health benefits are clear, Blue Isle’s delicious flavor and delectable texture are the real factors making this new product the over-achieving cousin to traditional cream cheese. The spreads can be used as an alternative to cream cheese spread, a dip, in cooking, or just as an exotic “good for you” treat.

Delightfully Light Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

6 eggs (“Mom” prefers, cage-free, organic eggs)
1/4 cup Blue Isle’s Original Yogurt Spread
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Smoked Spanish paprika, for garnish

Preparation

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water continuously for 1 minute. Crack eggshells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels.

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add Blue Isle Original Yogurt Spread, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well. Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites.

Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blue Isle.*

Winter is here! As colder temperatures strip your skin of moisture, set aside the heavy face creams and re-hydrate with lightweight facial oil. “Mom” has long been a fan of the Mad Hippie line, and this rejuvenating facial oil did not disappoint! Mad Hippie’s Antioxidant Facial Oil is packed with 18 actives, including hydrating argan oil, sea buckthorn berry, pomegranate oil, camu camu berry, blueberry extract, goji berry, raspberry seed extract, and hemp seed extract. “Mom” was delighted that it only takes a few drops to hydrate and bring skin back to life! The lightweight oil is not greasy and has a refreshing scent, as well!

Benefits of Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil include:

Creams vs. oils: Most creams are water based – therefore they will not hold moisture as along as an oil can.

Oily skin: Fight oil with oil, using facial oil will balance out with your skin’s natural oil leaving it healthier and cleaner.

Dry Skin: Let your skin soak up the natural oils and nourish dry spots.

Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil is available at select Whole Foods Markets and online via www.madhippie.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Don’t have time to juice or constantly on-the-go? In the New Year, add fresh-pressed, delicious and organic juices to your diet with ease with Telula! “Mom” was recently introduced to this brand and could not be more pleased with the taste, flavor variety and nutritional benefits – perfect for busy families!

This new shelf-stable line of fresh-pressed, organic juices from Made in Nature offers all of the nutritional benefits of home juicing with convenience and affordability for when you are pressed for time. At Tiny Green Mom, we are loving that Telula is packaged in beautiful, 32 oz. recyclable glass bottles and made from organic fresh-pressed ingredients that are gently pasteurized with no refined sugars, preservatives or artificial colors. You can choose from a variety of organic, nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables in 10 tasty flavors including Green Fusion, Green Zing, Beet Carrot, Carrot Citrus, Melon Mint, Spicy Lemon, Blackberry Chia, Tart Cherry Chia, Bilberry Banana Chia & Coconut Citrus Chia.

Mom” tried three distinctly different flavors – Carrot Citrus, Blackberry Chia and Spicy Lemon. The Carrot Citrus and Blackberry Chia were huge hits with the entire family, and everyone was clamoring for more!

You can learn more at www.drinktelula.com to view the company’s full product line and to find a store located near you.

About Made in Nature

Made in Nature is a pioneer in organic food with a 25-year history of environmental stewardship, helping to convert thousands of acres of land to organic farming. Many of these farms use renewable energy and provide shade and habitat for endangered species. Today, Made In Nature also serves as a “Food Anthropologist,” sourcing ingredients with true taste of place, ripened at their source and picked at the peak of perfection. By procuring only 100 percent certified organic from a dedicated family of farmers, Made in Nature creates food that is celebrated by culinary creatives as being both nutritious and delicious. Go to www.madeinnature.com to view the company’s full product line.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

As 2015 draws to a close, head into the New Year prepared to snack smarter and healthier! Why wait to make changes to your diet when the following nutritious snacks are easy to keep on hand to combat cravings!

Pure VanillaPure Vanilla Almond Bars

Simple, wholesome, and organic, the new Vanilla Almond bars from Pure are the perfect go-to snack when cravings strike! As with all Pure products, these delicious bars are certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO verified, vegan and kosher, and will satisfy your sweet tooth, while providing balanced nutrition for your body. “Mom” loves tucking these in her purse for a great sourse of energy while on-the-move with little ones in tow!

Pure Vanilla Almond is the newest flavor to be added to the popular Ancient Grains line. Pure’s crispy ancient grain blend, made with quinoa, amaranth, flax seeds, and hemp, is now enriched with Sacha Inchi, an exotic seed that is a source of complete vegan protein. Combining mouth-watering vanilla with whole grains and almonds, the Pure Vanilla Almond bar has only 150 calories and 6g of sugar, and has fiber and antioxidants as well as 4g of protein. Learn more at www.thepurebar.com.

pure_clusterscp_chocolatepeanutPure Crispy Clusters

Mom” is loving these little handfuls of goodness and flavor that are decadent and delicious! These healthy alternatives to sugary and salty snacks are a win-win for taste buds and health! A perfect blend of crunchy and nutty, Pure’s new Crispy Clusters are a light and healthy snack that are great at any time of day. Made from healthy whole grains, Crispy Clusters have only 110 calories, less than 5 grams of sugar and provide 3 grams of fiber per serving. They also contain complete protein, from ancient grains like quinoa and amaranth, making them an ideal snack suitable to people with dietary restrictions. To top it off, all three flavors are low in sodium, containing 140mg or less per serving. Learn more at www.thepurebar.com.

SuperSeedz Maple SugarSuperSeedz

Who knew pumpkin seeds could be seasoned so perfectly! “Mom‘ discovered these nutritious and absolutely delicious gourmet pumpkin seeds that are perfect to keep on hand for a quick yet healthy snack! SuperSeedz boast up to 9g of plant-based protein per serving, and are peanut-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, soy-free and made with gluten-free ingredients. Plus, they are Non-GMO Project Verified! The newest flavor, Maple Sugar & Sea Salt, joins the brand’s eight other existing flavors which includes Really Naked, Sea Salt, Cinnamon & Sugar, Coco Joe, Tomato Italiano, Curious Curry, Somewhat Spicy and Super Spicy, and can be enjoyed as a standalone snack, or as a welcome addition to cereal, yogurt and more! Keep SuperSeedz within reach when temptation strikes as we head into the New Year! Learn more at www.superseedz.com.

Endangered Species Chocolate - Dark Chocolate & Sea SaltEndangered Species Chocolate

Eat chocolate and do good? Yes – it is possible! Endangered Species milk and dark chocolate bars and bites are made with ethically traded, shade grown cacao and natural ingredients. 10% of net profits from your purchase are donated to support conservation efforts! You can learn about at-risk species by reading the inside of each 3oz. bar wrapper, and know that each bite you enjoy is doing good, too! Choose from a variety of flavors to tantalize your taste buds and learn more at www.chocolatebar.com.

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Here’s a healthier, no-bake miniature cheesecake recipe that will be a delightful dessert idea to serve on New Year’s Eve! Using Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread and almond milk along with other ingredients, this recipe is simple, nutritious and practically guilt-free!

No-Bake Mini Mediterranean Cheesecakes

Ingredients

12 Oz. Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spreads – in original, blueberry, strawberry, or honey.
1 package Sugar Free Fat Free Cheese Cake Pudding Mix
1 Cup Almond Milk (or any other milk – “Mom” prefers Orgain)
3 Tbsp. Butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs or 5 Graham Cracker (crushed into crumbs)
12 Cupcake liners

Preparation

Melt butter and mix into graham cracker crumbs until well blended. In a lined cupcake tin, evenly distribute cracker mixture and pack it down to lay the crust. In a mixing bowl, add Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread, Cheese cake pudding mix, and milk and mix well. once well mixed evenly distribute into the cupcake tin. Pop in your freezer or refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Makes 12 Cupcake sized cheesecakes.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Blue Isle Spread.*

Blast through the holidays with ease by recharging yourself with this delicious smoothie packed with goodness, including fresh organic strawberries, oranges and coconut milk!

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MegaFood’s Vitamin C Blaster Smoothie

Ingredients

10 oz. water
10 oz. coconut milk
1 large or 2 small oranges, with pith
1/2 pint or organic strawberries
2 scoops of MegaFood Daily C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder
Handful of Ice

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. “Mom” uses frozen organic strawberries so the smoothie is extra icy and cold. Enjoy!

*Recipe courtesy of MegaFood.*

*Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net by satit_srihin.*

FDA DISCLAIMER: *This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*

Everyone at Tiny Green Mom is loving noshing on these crisp, flavor-packed pita chips from New York Style! With added superfoods like chia seeds, flaxseed and quinoa in some of the varieties, these chips are sneakily healthy and downright delicious!

New York Style Pita Chips_Ancient Grain

New York Style has been making delicious, New York City-inspired snacks for over 30 years! With the addition of the new Pita Chip line featuring six distinct flavors, you will love all the yummy options as you snack yourself healthier into the New Year. Serve them at all of your upcoming holiday gatherings or New Year’s Eve party with your favorite dips for a nutritious alternative to calorie-laden potato chips.

New York Style Pita Chips_Chia Quinoa

Made from Mediterranean-style pita bread, New York Style Pita Chips are available in six delectable flavors, including Chia Seeds & Quinoa, Ancient Grains & Flaxseed, Parmesan Garlic & Herb, Sea Salt, Red Hot Chili Pepper, and Garden Fresh Ranch. “Mom’s” favorite is the Chia Seeds & Quinoa – they taste delicious and are packed with goodness!

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To learn more about New York Style Pita Chips, or to locate a retailer near you, visit www.newyorkstyle.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this article.*

Delicious red organic strawberries delight the senses in this dessert dip that is almost too pretty to eat! Paired with crisp New York Style Pita Chips, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser this holiday season!

Strawberry Mascarpone Dip

Ingredients

1 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese (“Mom” prefers organic)
¼ cup maple syrup or honey
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional)
½ cup sliced strawberries (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Preparation

Beat mascarpone with ricotta, maple syrup, and Grand Marnier in large bowl with electric mixer until thoroughly combined and smooth.

Spoon mascarpone mixture into serving bowl. Top with strawberries and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve with New York Style Pita Chips.

Makes 2 1/2 cups.

*Recipe and image courtesy of New York Style Pita Chips.*